Google, apart from practically handling everything online, is also famous for the quirky, emotional and fun doodles it comes up with.
Today’s Google doodle is dedicated to the remembrance of Ismat Chughtai on her 107th birth anniversary.
The doodle (photo below) shows Chughtai with white hair in a white sari with all her grace and charm, writing on a piece of paper.
Ismat Chughtai, through her writings, championed freedom of speech and gender equality. She was the beacon of Urdu fiction. With her fierce feminist ideas, strong ideology and a heart full of compassion she won the Padma Shree in 1976 part from several others in the literary field.
Chughtai, born in 1915, first faced opposition and controversy in 1930s when she started writing about women empowerment and liberalisation. She also fearlessly confronted ideas about women’s sexuality in her writings. Few of her works like Lihaaf were even banned in South Asia for a while.
It was during her time at Aligarh university that she was acquainted with Rasheed Jahan, one of the most prominent writers of that time. Eventually, Rasheed inspired Ismat to write “realistic, challenging female characters.”
Incidentally, Chughtai and Saadat Manto, the other champion of women’s literature at that time, had both been arrested on the same date in 1944, on charges of “obscenity” stemming from Lihaaf and Bu which explored concepts of homosexuality and sexual encounters.
Major news portals like Firstpost and Scroll too have put out tweets celebrating her birth anniversary on Twitter.